In the TV show of the 60’s, Batman’s sidekick Robin was known for his corny exclamations of “Holy… Batman.” It was his favourite go to to emphasize the current dilemma or danger. In our reading from John this week, the disciples seem pretty agitated, because Jesus has to repeatedly assure them.
Jesus promises to send an ‘Advocate’ as the New Living Translation puts it. Another common translation of the greek word was the ‘comforter.’ The original word carries the idea of someone who goes along with and a helper or support. Jesus elaborates that it is the Holy Spirit he will send to remind the disciples of everything he has taught them.
What role is the Holy Spirit supposed to play in the lives of present followers of Jesus? This is what we will be discussing this Sunday. Sorry, I don’t think Batman will have much to offer on this topic.